[ stahr-chee ]
/ ˈstɑr tʃi /

adjective, starch·i·er, starch·i·est.

of, relating to, or of the nature of starch.
containing starch.
stiffened with starch.
stiff and formal, as in manner.

Origin of starchy

First recorded in 1795–1805; starch + -y1


starch·i·ly, adverbstarch·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for starchiness

  • "I do not know where your uncle is," replied Gabriel suddenly, and losing his starchiness.

British Dictionary definitions for starchiness

/ (ˈstɑːtʃɪ) /

adjective starchier or starchiest

of, relating to, or containing starchstarchy foods
extremely formal, stiff, or conventionala starchy manner
stiffened with starch

Derived forms of starchy

starchily, adverbstarchiness, noun
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